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Eric Christensen

Eric Christensen began painting professionally in 1992. Since that time he has enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation as a celebrated Wine Country Artist. Self-taught, he invented a watercolor technique that allows him to create images of vibrant color that go beyond the look and depth of a high quality photograph. Christensen now finds himself unique in his field. In fact he is the only known artist capable of hyperrealism through the use of standard watercolor. More »

Available Artwork

Dark Tannins
by Eric Christensen

24" x 30" or
30" x 38"
Giclee on canvas.

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High Marks
by Eric Christensen

24" x 30" or
30" x 38"
Giclee on canvas.

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Napa Valley Memories
by Eric Christensen

18" x 24", 30" x 40",
36" x 48", 48" x 60"
Giclee on canvas.

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Private Retreat
by Eric Christensen

24" x 30", 30" x 38"
Giclee on canvas.

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Progressions
by Eric Christensen

38" x 30" or
52" x 40"
Giclee on canvas.

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Christensen has received literally hundreds of comments from collectors who love his treatment of glass in so many of his paintings. Earlier this year, he created a still life that would become his most challenging foray into painting glass ever! That very special painting is Progressions! Progressions is all about wine tasting and portrays the progressions from the white wines all the way to the Ports typically enjoyed at the end of the tasting. Along the way Christensen hints at the fruit flavors enjoyed with each tasting by placing them along the wine tasting journey. A true wine lover, Christensen leaves us an empty glass for that next inevitable tasting to come!

Cabernet Day
by Eric Christensen

35.75" x 24.5"
Giclee available February 2007.

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Origins
by Eric Christensen

32" x 38"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

Original also available!
23" x 27"
Watercolor.

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Wine and Song
by Eric Christensen

30" x 42"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

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Cellar Selections
by Eric Christensen

26" x 46"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

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Chardonnay Coast
by Eric Christensen

24" x 32"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

Original also available!
20.75" x 30"
Watercolor.

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Passionate Perfection
by Eric Christensen

36" x 21"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

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At the Winery
by Eric Christensen

30.5" x 37.25"
Watercolor.

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Big Reds
by Eric Christensen

25" x 32"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

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Vintage Gold
by Eric Christensen

31" x 19"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

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Succulent Jewels
by Eric Christensen

22.5" x 29"
Watercolor.

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Stag's Leap
by Eric Christensen

25" x 32"
Giclee on Canvas (edition of 100) or Paper (edition of 60).

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Toast at Sunset II
by Eric Christensen

25.5" x 16"
Watercolor.

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Time to Breathe
by Eric Christensen

30" x 40"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

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Sonoma Kitchen
by Eric Christensen

20" x 37"
Giclee on Canvas or Paper.

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Ruby Hues
by Eric Christensen

32" x 27"
Giclee on Canvas.

Original also available!
32" x 27"
Watercolor.

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Peppers and Wine
by Eric Christensen

14.28" x 28"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Susan's Roses
by Eric Christensen

24" x 28"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Los Olivos
by Eric Christensen

24" x 30"
Giclee on Canvas.

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From the Vineyard
by Eric Christensen

30" x 56.75"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Red White and Blue
by Eric Christensen

18" x 29.5"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Pearings
by Eric Christensen

28" x 32.875"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Floral Overtones
by Eric Christensen

23.5" x 34.5"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Summer in Napa Valley
by Eric Christensen

23.5" x 31.75"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Fresh Pour
by Eric Christensen

31.5" x 20.375"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Buddleja and Pears
by Eric Christensen

25.5" x 26.5"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Toast at Sunset
by Eric Christensen

28.5" x 15.75"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Gold Medal
by Eric Christensen

22.5" x 19.5"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Blue Figs
by Eric Christensen

30.5" x 38.5"
Giclee on Canvas.

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Sold Artwork

The following works have either sold () or are no longer available ().

California Natives
by Eric Christensen
Angela's Oranges
by Eric Christensen
Kaleidoscope
by Eric Christensen
Late Harvest
by Eric Christensen
Mediterranean Blue
by Eric Christensen
Silverado
by Eric Christensen
Study in White II
by Eric Christensen
Savannah Spring
by Eric Christensen
Figs and Wine
by Eric Christensen
   

Christensen began to develop his interest in painting, as well as botany, classical music, and gourmet cooking as a child in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over time he has acquired a commanding knowledge in each of these fields, which has blended to make him the preeminent artist of today. In addition to his interests, Christensen also derives inspiration from the wine country surrounding his home which is invariably portrayed in his paintings. As Christensen asserts, “it’s about the lifestyle”.

Once he realized that he could concentrate his passion for painting into a career, Christensen opened his own Art Gallery in Yountville, California, a small picturesque town in the heart of the Napa Valley. This venture proved very successful netting Christensen exposure in national magazines and newspapers and a national television spot on “WINE COUNTRY LIVING”. Christensen however, decided to close his gallery in 2003, allowing him to devote his full attention to painting. Christensen continues to paint stunning images that remind us of the Wine Country lifestyle and delight those who collect his art. He now offers his extraordinary artwork in galleries throughout the US.

Christensen’s “wine art” begins where most contemporary wine artists leave off. Eric loves to capture the romance of the wine country, which he points out, “is so much more than just the wine”. Collectors of Christensen’s art typically own several of his creations and enjoy the varied themes they portray; lifelike landscapes and intimate still life paintings that incorporate a variety of elements including food, flowers or fruit with appropriate background settings.

Style and Technique

By “pushing” watercolor paint to its absolute limits, Christensen has invented a new way to paint with this traditional medium. Using non-standard watercolor paper and employing a dry-brush technique, Eric starts out with thin washes then builds meticulously to over 30 subsequent layers of paint. You can actually see the build-up of the paint layers when you look closely at his originals. Eric’s technique allows him to achieve much stronger colors and shadows than can be found with traditional watercolor art; his paintings actually appear more like an oil painting on canvas.

Christensen achieves his lifelike hyper-realistic images through his genius for understanding the technical aspects of his subjects and his dedication to capturing an image as it truly exists. His love of natural materials particularly flowers, fruits and vegetables also combine to make this possible. He possesses the stunning ability to paint the subtleties of light traveling through a flower petal or its reflection off a wine glass.

Composition is one more factor that sets Christensen’s paintings apart. Each painting is a study in the balance between texture, height and shape. The placement of objects in his paintings must all make sense and represent a scene found in real life; in a kitchen, a wine cellar, or in the vineyard.

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